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Steam, Coal and Canal Steam, Coal and Canal is an imaginative project that aims to celebrate the importance of the Bridgewater Canal corridor to the UK's industrial heritage by creating the first Linear Industrial Heritage Park.
Anderton Boat Lift Located near Northwich in Cheshire, the Anderton Boat Lift is one of the greatest monuments to Britain's last canal age and known as the "Cathedral of the Canals". Built in 1875 it was the world's first and is currently the UK's only Boat Lift.
Boat Museum Unique award-winning canal museum with the world's largest floating collection of inland waterways craft.
National Waterways Museum Housed in a splendid Victorian warehouse at the historic Gloucester Docks, the museum charts the fascinating story of Britain's canals through a special collection which has been designated as being 'of National Importance'. We concentrate on providing fascinating 'hands on' displays covering a whole range of waterways related topics. Enter through a replica lock chamber, complete with running water, as exhibits, interactive computers and videos help give you a taste of what it was like to live and work on the waterways. Our historic boat collection includes narrowboats, river barges, canal and river tugs, as well as a steam powered dredger. There is also a steam crane and heavy oil engine in the setting of a canal repair yard, complete with working machine shop, forge and weighbridge.
Standedge Visitor Centre As a part of the major restoration works on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Standedge Visitor Centre, once an 18th century transhipment warehouse, and the guided boat trip into the tunnel is an exciting new attraction for all of the family to enjoy. As your guide brings to life the story of how the canal and tunnel came to be, hear the courageous stories of the tunnel miners and leggers who powered the boats in the tunnel darkness on the three and a quarter mile journey through the tunnel! You can also visit our themed shop to pick up a unique souvenir of your day, or visit our Waters Edge Restaurant on the canal side and simply watch the world go by.
Wigan Pier Experience Set in an eight and a half-acre site beside the redeveloped Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Wigan Pier offers a great value for money day out for all the family. Experience life in Wigan in the year 1900 in The Way We Were museum and ride on the Waterbus on the canal.